Good morning Democrats,
By now, most of you are sipping some coffee, checking tweets and blogs and making your way over to the State Convention. I thought I’d offer my 2 cents (well, 4 cents) on the biggest decision of the day: the first-ballot endorsement for US Senator.
We, as Democrats, tend to be the goody-two-shoes sort. We were the students who gave the teacher the apple, the people who helped the old lady cross the street… and the type of person who would never do something like knock someone off the ballot.
Well, I’m here to tell you that today is the day we need to make a teeny, tiny exception to our aww-shucks nice-guy routine. We need to bid Marisa DeFranco adieu.
Here’s why: Marisa DeFranco is not a grassroots candidate and is not adding anything to the primary.
This contrasts strongly with Elizabeth Warren, who’s electrified the grassroots faster than any candidate in memory, and who’s put issues in the realm of public discussion that haven’t been there for decades. Things like what kind of a country do we want to be: one that works for all of us, or one that just works for the richest 1%? It’s little wonder that people are responding.
DeFranco’s campaign — by her own words — has only 40 volunteers and has raised only $40,000. Most of that money went to a paid signature effort, the same means of obtaining statewide ballot access that the bigots use to force inequality on us, the rabid-right uses to push crappy laws (hi, Carla Howell and Barbara Anderson!) and that corporations use to gain even more favorable laws and special perks.
It’s a disgrace to the democratic process, yet DeFranco’s not only made that the staple of her campaign, but has the gumption to try to claim grassroots cred.
Simply put, she’s going no where. Now, normally it wouldn’t bother me that a vanity candidate would want his or her name on the ballot, but there are actual things at stake here.
This isn’t 2006. DeFranco’s not adding anything to this race, like the Patrick-Reilly-Gabrieli slugfest was able to do, by focusing all the free publicity onto the Democratic campaign. DeFranco’s only headlines come when she parrots Scott Brown lines, and only because the media likes distractions.
Well, we have a chance to end that… today… by sucking it up and telling the purported US Senate candidate running a Lynn City Council sized campaign that she’s not entitled to be on the ballot just by showing up.
We need to be telling the public we’re wholly focused on making sure the Sheriff of Wall Street candidate defeats Wall Street’s best friend. This race is all about Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown, so let’s all be clear about that today, and make sure our first-ballot vote for US Senate is as close to unanimous as possible.
To that other candidate? It’s been nice, but “so long, and thanks for all the fish.”